Sunday, October 3, 2010

**Simple Living Month**: Day 3

Some beautiful students that I was privileged to teach at an at-risk school in Memphis.

Because some of you might have heard a version of this this morning at church and everyone could use hearing this and being reminded of this daily.... today's simple living tip:

Serve others.

Now at first this may seem rather abstract compared to the other tips we have had or expect. Who do you want me to serve? What should I do? When should I do it? Where? How?
Well, fair enough.
But I believe, a simple, sustainable world is a world where people work together and look out for one another.
It is a world where we are more selfless than we are selfish.
It is a world that we do not witness from day to day, but that I think is possible.

So what can you do? You can live selflessly. What does that look like?
Well, it can take on many different shapes and forms. Most people would think of working with the homeless, inner city kids, or some charitable endeavor. These are fabulous, but serving others can start with simple tasks like conservation, which you will see more of this month. Make the decision to buy free trade for example. As you see these tips and DIYs, and do a little studying of your own, you will see that your choices towards simple living will benefit a huge range of people and beyond.
It can also be simply showing someone you care by doing something for them.

So tomorrow, turn off those lights, take a walk outside, and write someone a little note, reminding them how much you love him or her.
Not only will this brighten their day, it's proven that serving others, makes us happier as well.
So here's to our emotional health by doing simple tasks that make a big difference.


  1. I love you, my dear sweet Alli! Thank you so much for caring about others so much and being a "giver" instead of a "taker". Have a wonderful week and I look forward to your next tips!

  2. This is such a sweet blog. I love the tips and will definitely use them :)